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Pakistan blasts kill 80 as Taliban ‘avenge bin Laden’

SHABQADAR, Pakistan (AFP) – Pakistan’s Taliban on Friday claimed their first major attack to avenge Osama bin Laden’s death as 80 people were killed in a double suicide bombing on a paramilitary police training centre. Around 140 people were wounded, 40 of them fighting for their lives, in the deadliest…

Bin Laden wanted to carry out attacks to prevent Obama from being reelected

During his final years, Osama bin Laden expressed interest in everything from killing President Obama to his deputies’ personalities to an article in an extremist magazine that he didn’t like, according to two U.S. officials familiar with material seized during the raid that killed bin Laden. A trove of digital…

McCain: Torture did not lead to bin Laden

Waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques didn’t provide the intelligence used to find Osama bin Laden, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) insists. In a Washington Post op-ed published Thursday, the former Republican presidential candidate said that bin Laden’s death shouldn’t be used to justify torture. Former Bush Attorney General Michael Mukasey…

U.S. seized Osama bin Laden’s personal journal during raid, official says

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The treasure trove of intel obtained in the raid that killed Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden included a handwritten journal containing his “operational ideas,” a US official said. Agents are studying the notebook for information on future Al-Qaeda plots, but the official described it as “just one…

Sen. Kerry to travel to Pakistan in attempt to mend ties

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Amid tensions between the United States and Pakistan over the killing of Osama bin Laden, a top US senator said Tuesday he will visit Islamabad seeking to mend ties and answer troubling questions. US Senator John Kerry said he hoped to resolve some of the puzzles raised…

Al-Qaeda warns US of new jihad after bin Laden death

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Al-Qaeda’s supremo in Yemen — Osama bin Laden’s ancestral homeland — has warned Americans of a bloodier jihadist struggle to come following the terror mastermind’s killing by US commandos. The warning from Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula came as top US Senator John Kerry announced a trip…

US general: Osama bin Laden’s death could end Afghan war

WASHINGTON — The death of Osama bin Laden could encourage Afghan insurgents to lay down their weapons and spur a possible peace settlement to end the war, a top US general said Tuesday. “There’s a great potential for many of the insurgents to say, ‘hey, I want to reintegrate’” back…

Son says bin Laden sea burial demeans family: report

LONDON (Reuters) – A statement purporting to come from a son of Osama bin Laden denounced the al Qaeda leader’s killing as “criminal” and said his burial at sea had humiliated the family, an online monitoring service said. The statement, attributed to Omar bin Laden, bin Laden’s fourth eldest son,…

US expects to question women from bin Laden raid ‘soon’

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States said it expects Pakistan will “soon” allow it to question three women apprehended during the commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden, despite Islamabad’s fury over the operation. The apparent concession came as further details emerged about the dramatic May 2 assault in which…

US refuses to apologize to Pakistan over Osama bin Laden raid

WASHINGTON — The United States refused to say sorry Monday for taking out Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, after its estranged anti-terror ally warned it would retaliate against any future strikes. Amid a deepening crisis between the two uneasy partners, Washington pressed for access to three of the dead Al-Qaeda…

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